The Northern Territory news Mon 10 Aug 2020
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38 SPORT MONDAY AUGUST 10 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Duggans success built on humble beginnings JOSH SPASARO email@example.com DON Bradman famously had a stump, a golf ball and a water tank at his family home in Bowral, which we know helped the late legend go on to average an incredible 99.94 runs per innings for Australia in 52 Tests. And Territory basketball icon Timmy Duggan had a netball hoop attached to a piece of wood in his Darwin back yard. Like the best batsman the world has ever seen, Duggans simple method worked a treat. He went on to become the first person from the NT to play in the NBL when he debuted for the Gold Coast Rollers in 1996. He then represented Cairns Taipans from 1999 to 2001, playing 42 games at the elite level. The now 43-year-old was the only Indigenous player in the NBL while the competition was booming during the 1990s. Duggan also won three Queensland titles with Cairns Marlins from 1997 to 2001, and was the Australian Basketball Associations leading three-point shooter in 1997. How did he hone those freakish skills? By continuously shooting into a netball hoop which his father Don Duggan built in his back yard while growing up in the Top End. With the netball hoop being smaller than a basketball hoop it really helped me with my shooting, Duggan told the NT News. So when Id go to the Darwin Basketball Stadium the hoops down there always seemed bigger and easier for me. It is not just Duggans playing career which is im pressive. The 2019 DBA Championsh ip -w inn ing coach with Razzle has also achieved plenty as a game and life mentor. He is the founder of the Hoops 4 Health program, established in 2002, which uses basketball as a vehicle to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths to make the right life choices. Thousands have benefited from the initiative. Helping young Territori ans grow and develop on and off the court is something he is genuinely passionate about. Duggans strong foundations as a player, coach and community role model go back to the way his father raised him. I used to outwork myself, and I was always internally motivated, he said. Growing up around my dad and watching him instilled a big work ethic in me. He was always a hard worker, and hes still out mowing lawns now in his 60s. Hes always been a handyman, and when I was growing up he handmade four basketball hoops in our back yard. One was a smaller netball hoop. With this kind of supportive upbringing, it is no wonder Duggan has devoted countless hours towards helping the Territorys next generation of Indigenous basket ball players through his Hoops 4 Health program. And like his practice sessions in the back yard that initiative also had a humble beginning. But it was one which also blossomed due to Duggans steely vision. In 2001, I wrote down some ideas and decided to give Hoops 4 Health a crack, he said. At the time I had no funding for it. I just put a lot of time and effort into it. And its gone on to bring people together and impact peoples lives positively. Last month, Uni Rebels superstar Ambah Kowcun was a guest at Duggans clinic at Malak, adding her expertise the day after flying back to the Top End from Adelaide that is how highly Kowcun thinks of the program. The South Australian capital is where she plays for Forestville Eagles in the NBL1 Central Competition, winning the title in 2019, adding local Darwin credibility to the coaching program. But the future of Duggans Hoops 4 Health program is under a cloud, with the initiative now reliant on continued NT government funding in order for it continue. Its been going for 20 years, but the funding for it has fizzled out, Duggan said. But itd be great for this to continue so we can keep delivering positive outcomes for young people. It is all local coaches, too Desiree Weetra, Jaala Alley and my cousin (Tracy Village Jets womens captain) Kylie Duggan are all involved. A regular academy of willing young participants is Dugans vision for the programs future. And if you consider his own razor-sharp determination over the course of his career the best days may still be ahead for the Hoops 4 Health initiative, despite the hurdle it must now overcome. If we get funding to expand it well be able to start up a Hoops 4 Health Academy, and itll only go from strength to strength, Duggan said. Itll continue to provide our kids with a positive learning environment, give them something to look forward to every week, and give them access to good local coaching. Timmy Duggan is eager for his Hoops 4 Health program to continue, despite losing NT government funding. Picture: CHE CHORLEY Serena set for US Open SERENA Williams said she was pressing ahead with plans to play in the US Open, despite a wave of withdrawals from the upcoming grand slam event over coronavirus fears. The 23-time slam winner will return to the tennis court next week at the inaugural Top Seed Open WTA event in Kentucky, after a six-month hiatus caused by COVID-19. Williams said her plans were unchanged and she was planning to go to Europe for the rescheduled French Open. I see myself doing it all if it happens, Williams said. But I am not planning for the future, as tournaments got cancelled. The former No.1 said she had spent the past six months in her Florida home, sheltering from the threat of the virus. Woods woes on greens AN out of sorts Tiger Woods struggled on the greens for the second straight day as his PGA Championship hopes evaporated on Sunday. Woods, who just made the cut on Saturday, shot a twoover 72 for the second straight round at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. It means the 44-year-olds hopes of a 16th major title are all but extinguished. I am frustrated I didnt get anything going early, said Woods, who finished three rounds at twoover 212. I got a couple of bad angles and missed shots in spots I couldnt play from and made bogeys. I am happy with the way I finished. It was just a fight all day and I didnt get anything going. MLS set to kick off again MAJOR League Soccer will resume its regular season, with teams playing at their home stadiums on August 12, a day after the league wraps up its restart tournament in Florida. The revised schedule sees each club play an additional 18 regular season games, before reaching its conclusion on November 8, with the post-season play-offs to follow. MLS suspended its season on March 12 after a handful of games of the 2020 season, as the coronavirus pandemic erupted and left sport in North America at a standstill. MLS said the relaunched season would see teams subjected to comprehensive health and safety protocols, including regular COVID-19 tests of players, coaches and staff.
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